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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,428
Reviews: 2,288
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 184
Gots: 714 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan.
Hops: Perle and Saaz.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma malty/biscuity
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular partial 2 mm layer
Lacing OK - one partial ring with stalactites and some small islands with tiny to small bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor malty with bitter aftertaste; no hops, no alcohol, no diaceetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score: 3.6375
While the head is attractive, the lacing (meh) and the color/clarity of the ale leave a lot to be desired. The aroma is very tempting and the flavor does not miss expectations. The palate is pretty good. Overall, this is a reliable ale – good but not outstanding.

Ozzylizard, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, cloudy orange in the body with a good head that lingered but didn't lace.

Smell - Nice, mild, malt character with a stiff balancing hop (strange for the style but not for Rouge). There's a light melon/orange fruitiness to this aroma as well, making it quite nice.

Taste - Ist das eine HopBock? The lightly-toasted malt flavors complimented by sweet orange and grapefruit and honey are offset by stiff, bitter hops. I doubt if you'll find anything like this in Germany, but it is good nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation and very refreshing thanks to the uncharacteristic hops.

Drinkability - You have to love Rogue or hate 'em. They make one of the hoppiest Stouts on the planet, and they do the same with this Maibock. I happen to enjoy the interpretation of the style, but many I'm sure won't.

Update - I can't remember the first time I had this ale, but I first rated it on the site in November 2003. I thought it would be fun to sit down with pad and pen (or keyboard and mouse as the case may be) and write an update.

It hasn't changed a bit. Beautiful body with a nice head that doesn't lace, nice malts with an off-style PacNW hoppy bite, solid medium-bodied with very pleasant carbonation, and the bottle empties before you can say, "Gibst mir einmal, bitte."

Update - I happened upon this again in 2010 and found it to be much more malty. The malt base is unsweetened and very raw. I think really it needed this to balance the big hop bit. It's almost like unsweetened caramel if that's not an oxymoron. It's a solid 4 all the way around and a definite "must try" for any beer enthusiast.

RoyalT, Nov 03, 2003
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

LouZ, Yesterday at 07:44 PM
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3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

sampsonw, Yesterday at 06:16 PM
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3.36/5  rDev -14.9%

tayleraudia, Yesterday at 06:11 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Martyrob, Yesterday at 03:17 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Omnium, Monday at 11:54 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Killswitch, Monday at 11:05 PM
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3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

GeorgeAKeim, Monday at 04:09 AM
Photo of Beric
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap at People's Republik, Cambridge MA
Served: 16 November 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear, deep gold color with barely a head. I feel like the head would have been bigger had the bartender kept it, but he was pouring the heads off beers. Looks pretty great.

Smell: Very sweet with floral hops.

Taste: Not your standard Maibock, that's for sure. The dense, caramel sweet malt backbone is there for sure, as one would suspect for the style, but the flavor profile is otherwise dominated by a heavy assertion of floral American hops. With this in mind, the flavor is quite good- I think the very sweet Maibock base compliments the hops nicely and keeps the beer lively and kicks the ABV up a notch, while some 6.5% IPAs can start getting wonky due to the higher grain bill. Pleasant and drinkabl.e

Feel: Medium body, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a bad beer, and one I would gladly order again. This is definitely an Americanized Maibock, so don't go into this one expecting the subtleties of a traditional German one. Nonetheless, the beer is exceedingly drinkable and highly flavorful, and one I would definitely recommend trying.

Beric, Sunday at 11:44 PM
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4.48/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Just fantastic. The bottle design, the logo, and not to mention the beer. For whatever reason, I only drink these in the winter time, and I always look forward to drinking this more than Christmas itself. I love the Rogue brand, and Dead Guy is the best of the bunch.

UnicornProfessor, Saturday at 02:44 AM
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.92/5  rDev +24.6%

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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